OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 23: Frankie Montas #47 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the top of the seventh inning at RingCentral Coliseum on June 23, 2022 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California agency has cleared the way for the Oakland Athletics to move forward with a $12 billion waterfront ballpark project. The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission voted Thursday to reclassify a terminal at the Port of Oakland as a mixed-use area where a new ballpark could be built. The vote is the first in a series of hurdles before the team could get permission to break ground for the project. The Athletics have also been working on plans to relocate to Nevada and find a spot for a new stadium in Las Vegas.